Richard George

Richard George Poems

at first, sunlight changing; then
dusky, or faded,

Their breath was clean, or harsh and sour
according to her moods:
and when they sensed a coming storm
they crept into corners.

The Euston Road. April. Night.
Of all these London numberless
I love one:
my old shoes pound her name,

I am a clever enemy.
I am always one step up on you:
when you say two, I am three, and four.
I always have the right excuse,

Finished! So has she,
With ages left to go:
We sweep our desks, and chase each other

Not a cream saucer
to top to the tightrope-
brim or a bowl for Supameat.

Now I may never see you again
I can think of no one else:
I wait on platforms, hair in the wind
But trains all leave the past

Lilac clouds, a wash of green
At daylight's end:
When west is dark, to northward
A heat-haze aurora

Three mature students
in decrepit Barbour jackets;
Judes obscure, each with an
implausible route to Oxford.

It was May or June, I met you:

Business, something or other.

My mother hung out seeds
for the endangered sparrow...
and whatever eats its chickballs.
Pluckings, in a semi-circle.


Awake hours before Mum and Dad,
I'd tip-toe down to see him:
Early riser, old man.
I sat in his snug, watching his hands,

First Aphrodites have a raw deal.

The Angevin blonde in my village Sirened
every yeoman with a pitchfork: lush and lithe seventeen,

My favourite photo of Wales:
shepherd leading dog
on the drovers' path above Glascwm,
the man's face a life-mask


Then, I never loved you
But Memory does now;
A Muse, you see, creative
And I long for you too late

It was every zoologist's dream.
In this fjord-Iceland
the other side of the New World,
Sirenians, sea cows

Dawn-mist in laurel:
a hen blackbird tilts her head
dowsing for earthworms
while indoors my PaperMate

My father lives in my dreams now:
In death he is half a stranger,
Professional, like my doctor.
He has left me behind, moved on.

1 Opportunists

What we throw away
is their feast: a slice of bread,

Gaudy abstracts do nothing for me.
It's that backpack girl, head
between her knees. She must be trying to duck
a seizure, stem an earthquake

Richard George Biography

I was educated at Oxford University, reading Latin and Greek at The Queen's College. The college's outstanding poet is Ernest Dowson. I was awarded a Doctorate on the Roman epigrammatist Martial in 1994. The following year I had a breakdown and had to abandon the academic life. The year after that the Muses came. Nothing has been the same since. I have been published in nearly 50 different British small press magazines and have two full-length collections of poetry. More than half the poems on this website are new and will belong to a third. I am also working on verse translations of the Roman satirist Juvenal and Greek epigrams from the Palatine Anthology. I live in St.Albans, near London, with my widowed mother. We enjoy feeding grey squirrels.)

The Best Poem Of Richard George

Eclipse: A Haiku Sequence

at first, sunlight changing; then
dusky, or faded,

filter on the lens
encroaching, sky blue into
grey, then grey-lilac,

colours blur, textures,
shadows cast paler, out of
focus, sudden cold

strikes us uneasy,
half moon sun on leaves jangles
crescent reflections,

dragonflies hawk the
gloom, birds on their way homewards,
green murk of low cloud


and back, like a switch,
heavens as dawn six o'clock,
luminous, bleary -

to morning of mornings
and washed-lucid consciousness
reborn we awake

Richard George Comments

***** ***** 15 April 2005

Your poetry is really touching, but so sad, so final.. I hope everything is okay with you, Sx

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0 0 Reply 29 June 2018

Please would you tell me in which book is your poem “ The mermaid of... “ is published. Thank you.

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Joachim Ruf 29 June 2018

I want to know more about the author Richard George. Thanks

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Pradeep Dhavakumar 01 May 2005

Your poems are very good.I enjoyed most of them.Thanks for sharing.And Keep writing.

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***** ***** 19 April 2005

You are delivering some very nice work at the moment Richard, well done and keep posting, Sxx

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